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Matt’s health issues started shortly after birth.  At just 3 weeks of age, his kidneys began to fail and he was placed on dialysis, a process that artificially does the work of kidneys by filtering the blood of toxins. But after little response to treatment, physicians at University Transplant Center in San Antonio, Texas placed him on the kidney transplant list. On September 28, 2010, at age 2, Matt received a kidney from a deceased donor.

Unfortunately, two and half years after his transplant, Matt’s body began rejecting his new organ, putting him back on the kidney transplant list.

Through local community outreach, Matt’s story compelled over 80 people to sign up as a potential living kidney donor. Miraculously, the perfect match was found … his first grade teacher.

Who is qualified to donate a kidney?

  • Donors must be between the ages of 21 and 60, and in excellent health.
  • Donors must understand risks and complications, and must be in a stable life situation with family or social support to help during recovery time.
  • Donors can be family members or relatives, friends, etc. You do not have to be a blood relative of the recipient.

Watch this video to learn more about living kidney donation.


 
Even though Matt has found his donor, there are many others still in need of a life-saving transplantation. If you are interested in signing up to become an altruistic living kidney donor, please fill out this form.